While in Paris yesterday, I dashed into Sephora to buy the much lauded — by Figaro Madame magazine — Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Rouge Fluide rouge à lèvres.
In paraphrasing the hype that the editors of the magazine heaped on the lip color. . .
The Estée Lauder lipstick “has the fluidity of a gloss and the comfort of a lip balm in 16 intense colors. It also provides brilliance and plumpness because of its high concentration of hyaluronic acid.”
I was drawn to the praise because of the promises of: lip balm, brilliance, plumping and the all-time seal-the-deal aspect of hyaluronic acid.
Since I never wear “intense color” I chose “Vague Obsession” a sort of browny pink, which was as close to the color/non-color I like.
One of my favorite French descriptions of the perfect lip color is “just bitten” lips. That’s pretty much the color I try to find, then as a side benefit I like some moisturizing. Plumping sounds like fun, but the only plumping product that actually worked was a stand-alone product before applying lip color that felt like I had cut open a hot pepper and applied it to my lips. I couldn’t even see my lips through my tears.
Enough rambling. . .I really, really did not like the Pure Color Envy for these reasons:
1.) After the application, which was pleasant enough, the color went on with a nice shine, shortly thereafter the result was like a dry stain. What happened to the balm effect I wondered.
2.) As far as I could tell there was no plumping going on.
3.) The dryness was extremely annoying and it didn’t have that au courant matte finish that many women like. My lips just looked and felt dry.
4.) The color, which was my fault because within the choices I really couldn’t find “my” obsession, was too intense, particularly because the result looked like a darkish stain.
I truly wanted to like it, but I couldn’t.
Never mind, I found something I think is quite brilliant. As you know, with the exception of beauty products, I buy all my treatment products at the pharmacy so I headed over to a Parisian pharmacy to find a CC cream that has been on my radar for a few weeks now, Eucerin anti-age hyaluron-filler CC cream. It’s the latest addition to the Eurcerin product line and the latest addition to my Eucerin collection.
I have it on right this minute and love it. I first applied my Eucerin anti-age hyaluron filler soin de jour (day cream), then the CC cream.
If a CC cream doesn’t offer enough coverage for some women, it can be used beneath her favoured foundation.
Unfortunately for dark skins the cream is currently available only in medium and light tones.
But, that’s not all. . .
I mean really, how could I just walk by a Monoprix? Who would expect me to do that? Right. I didn’t think so.
Ostensibly I went in to stock-up on my large aloe imbibed cotton squares, but realized it was time to replace my mascara. Since I have been using Maybelline since I was a teenager, I always tend to return to the tried-and-true. This time I bought two: L’effet Faux Cils (false eyelashes effect), which I’ve been wearing for a couple of years and really like and then I tossed into my basket Maybelline’s The Colossal GO! Extreme Volum’ mascara. I like it as well.
Both give volume, length and separation. The only downside in my opinion is the packaging in both cases, no sophistication on the outside, but mascara rarely leaves anyone’s bathroom and dressing table so that aspect can be our little secret.